Jack E. Kemp
John McCain was arguably been the most prominent Republican opponent of conservative Republican U.S. legislators (Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, as well as Representative Justin Amash) who have strongly opposed the U.S. drone use policy this past summer. After Sen. Paul lead a filibuster on the Senate floor. McCain characterized these three as “Wacko Birds,” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/03/08/mcc... a term McCain later apologized for but not before “Wacko Birds” entered the American political lexicon.
McCain also joined Democrat spokesman Sen. Chuck Schumer back in April in criticizing Sen. Cruz for Cruz’s threat to filibuster gun control legislation. http://www.mediaite.com/tv/john-mccain-rips-ted-cruzs-threat-to-filibuster-gun-control-bill-wont-even-mention-his-name/ Needless to say, John McCain also wasted no time in finding cause to attack Sen. Cruz after his recent 21 hour speech on the Senate floor, primarily over some World War II reference made by Cruz but also over political issues related to Cruz’s long speech. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/john-mccain-ted-cruz_n_3989887.html
One can easily argue that Sen. McCain, in all these criticisms of fellow Republicans, was reaching across the aisle to de facto - if not de jure - find common cause with the Democrats. McCain was definitely aiding President Obama in his political battles with his public criticisms of the “Wacko Birds.” So how did President Obama reward Senator McCain for his help? Why, but shutting down tourism at the Grand Canyon, Arizona’s greatest tourism attraction, and other federally parks in Arizona. During the 1995 government shutdown, the Grand Canyon remained open. Offers by Gov. Jan Brewer to have the state pick up the operating costs of keeping access to the Grand Canyon open were now refused by the Obama administration.
The Grand Canyon News reports that: http://grandcanyonnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=10611
Visitors to Arizona's national parks spent an average of $2.7 million a day in each of the last two Octobers, according to a National Parks Conservation Association compilation of Park Service numbers. Visitors at Grand Canyon National Park alone spend $1.2 million per day, the association said.
I guess this is President Obama’s way of saying (pun intended) “thank you for your service, Senator McCain.” Yes, and the Obama administration also now won’t be allowing troops overseas to watch the major league baseball playoffs and NFL games - but Camp David remains open http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread974721/pg1 And the golf courses at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington remain open while Post Exchange groceries are closed. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-03/troops-forage-for-food-while-golfers-play-on-in-shutdown.html
So exactly who is the Wacko Bird right now? McCain’s former service men and women buddies have to forage for food off base while thousands cancel their trips to Arizona, lowering the state’s business and tax revenues from the sale of lodging, food and gasoline. A rhetorical question begs to be asked of Sen. McCain. To paraphrase his former running mate, Sarah Palin, how’s that working out for you, Senator?
All these tourism income losses in Arizona and all those insults to the military result in a backlash against McCain could result in McCain either retiring from the Senatae (he would be 80 years old at the end of his current term in 2016) or in his losing a primary election in three years to a more conservative candidate. But all is not lost for there is a new career path most fitting for a man with his public speaking experience.
Politics has been called “theater for ugly people,” but some theatrical roles do not require either youth or exceptionally good looks. John McCain can always join a road company of “The Caine Mutiny” in the roll of Captain Queeg. Is there anyone in the country more convincing to roll those three steel balls in his right hand? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlV3oQ3pLA0 McCain would do Humphrey Bogart proud.